The foundation is something a lot of people take for granted when it comes to their home. It is just something that is there until a problem arises, and then everyone realizes the importance of the foundation to the health and safety of your home. When the problem makes itself known, your top priority is figuring out how to fix it.
However you can avoid expensive repairs with a foundation repair company, by knowing the early warning signs. Fixing the early warning signs as soon as you notice them not only saves you time and money now, but it can potentially stave off those bigger problems or perhaps even prevent them completely.
Small Signs that Point to Potentially Big Problems
The first thing you need to do is find the source of the problem with your foundation. This could be messy and take a lot of time. You could find yourself creeping through the crawlspace beneath your home or exploring parts of your basement that you hadn’t seen since you first bought the house. Here are some signs your basement foundation needs repair:
- Stair step shaped cracks between the concrete blocks
- Walls that bow toward the inside of the room
- Horizontal cracks within the concrete block
- Cracks in the concrete or other type of basement floor
- Vertical cracks that run floor to ceiling
- Nails popping through the drywall in basement walls
- Doors that have trouble opening or closing
- Basement windows that are stuck or will not open
- Cracks in the chimney, both inside and outside the home
- Signs that your foundation is settling
- Flooding inside the basement, especially standing water
Regardless of what type of foundation you have, there are other common signs that point to problems, such as a sagging roof, sink holes in your front lawn, backyard, or driveway, heaving concrete, or standing water around the foundation of your home. The minute you see any of these signs, you should call a structural engineer for a consultation to discuss both the existing problems and the best ways to fix it.